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Romantic cottages in the heart of English countryside - The Mouse House



Updated: 05-Aug-2016
2 country cottages with swimming pool and tennis court in the Quantock Hills

Honeysuckle Cottage and The Mouse House are 2 cottages nestling in the lea of the Quantock Hills. They have fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, including the Vale of Taunton, Exmoor and the Black down hills. This is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The swimming pool is shared by both cottages and is in a sheltered courtyard which is part of the Higher House Estate. Higher House was originally a 17th century farm, extended in the 1920s by Mary Ellis, daughter of motor car magnate, Evelyn Ellis. Mary was the first speed trial racing driver in the UK. The cottages have their own garden and sit in 8 acres of land which climb the Quantock Hills. You can picnic and enjoy stunning views and sunsets here.

Details for holiday cottage The Mouse House, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

The Mouse House is a favourite with couples who want to escape for a few days. it has an open plan chalet feel. Downstairs is one large room divided into sitting room and kitchen/diner. The open-tread stairs lead up to a large bedroom/dressing room area which has fabulous view over the garden and swimming pool

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Jenny and David, thank you for making us feel very welcome. We feel very much at home at The Mouse House, what a lovely place!
Jul 2009
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


A nice place to explore the area

  • 3 of 5

The views were wonderful. There are some very beautiful grounds to walk in and the tennis court is a nice touch. The setting of the cottage is very attractive. The shower is lovely

from the description and photos in here I thought the cottage would be ideal for a romantic break. However the property looks very tired from inside. Most of the furniture is old and saggy. The bed is two single beds together- not very romantic! The pillow are rock hard.

This place would be much lovelier and much more worthy of the price if it underwent a lick of paint, some new carpets and update the tired old furniture. We spent as much find out exploring as we could.

The local pub the rising sun does some spectacular food at reasonable price with great customer service

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really sorry that Dan & Michaela were disappointed with the Mouse House. This is the first time that we have received such comments about the appointment of the cottage and so all the points they raise will certainly be addressed. Just to add, the bed is a superking size and only three years old. All beds of this size tend to be 2 single divans but of course properly connected.
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Had a perfect 2 night stay at the mouse house. Everything you need is included, the bed is huge and so comfy. Set in lovely grounds with beautiful views. Cant wait to visit again. Thankyou Jenny for making us feel so welcome and comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is my pleasure! Look forward to seeing you back here for the beautiful Autumn colours.
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  • 5 of 5

Really lovely cottage, well equipped with everything you could need and an extremely comfy bed. Beautiful village location with a great pub less than 5 mins walk away. Would highly recommend for a quiet get away and will undoubtedly return.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely little break

  • 5 of 5

Just perfect for a refreshing break, shame about the weather but it didn't stop is getting out and about and exploring Somerset! Would highly recommend!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing break in a lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in the mouse house cottage for three nights during February. The cottage itself was very nice with plenty of room for the two of us. On our arrival it was very clean and had a nice welcome gift waiting for us. Jenny and David were very pleasant on the few times we bumped into them. The village is very quiet and relaxing. All in all it is a great place to relax and unwind, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply delightful!

  • 5 of 5

We took a chance on renting Mouse House after finding it on the internet in Spring 2010. And what a pleasant surprise!

The cottage is just beautiful. The pictures really don't do it justice. It's clean and comfortable, and has all the facilities you could wish for in a self catering rental. Most surprising of all was the size and comfort of the bed and the spaciousness upstairs. Plus it was immaculately clean and welcoming, with little touches like the welcome basket and personalised service from Jenny just adding to its value.

The views are wonderful, the air is clean, the little village is warm and welcoming - from the staff at the pub (in walking distance) to the trustful lady who leaves her freshly laid eggs out minutes from your doorstep and asks you to pop your money into her jar in the cupboard for her to collect later! If only every part of England had remained so trusting...

If you're looking for a convenient location to explore the area from, a romantic getaway, and some rest and relaxation then this is the right place. In fact, it's one of few places I've been to that I can honestly say I'll visit again - I'd give it a whopping 100%.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2010
  • Date of Stay: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol International at 35 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Rising Sun at 100 Metres Nearest Golf : Cedar Falls at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Taunton at 7 Miles Nearest Motorway : Junction 25 M5 South West at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Rising Sun at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Minehead/Kilve at 8 Miles

West Bagborough looks out onto Exmoor National Park. Its true location is the Quantock Hills which was the first ever area of Outstanding Natural Beauty created in 1957 in the UK. The area offers spectacular views and walking across the 12 miles of the Quantocks which eventually lead to the coast at East Quantoxhead. This area is famous for the time the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge lived here. Coleridge lived in a cottage only 4 miles away in the lovely village of Nether Stowey. You can follow the walk he took while writing many of his poems. There are many beautiful old houses and gardens to visit, as well as enjoying the coast with its site of scientific interest at Kilve.


Rental rates

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1 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
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2 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
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30 Jun 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
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30 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
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27 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We take 1/3 of the rental on booking. The remaining 2/3 is due 6 weeks before the booked date. Any cancellation made before the second payment will be refunded, less a 10% handling charge. Any cancellation made less than 6 weeks before the holiday will only be refunded if the cottage can be re-let for the cancelled period.

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathrooms fully equipped in each cottage


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The Mouse House has a very large bedroom which includes a dressing area, suitable for a cot.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 3 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • We are delighted to have children over the age of 10. The restriction is due only because of health and safety with regard to the proximity of the swimming pool

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